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Research Strands and Themes

KPP Research themes and strands

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Power, Knowledge and Difference

We examine the formation of, and resistances to, classed, raced, patriarchical and colonial modalities of racial domination and coloniality in education.

Members of the group examine the biopolitics of: 

  • education and new productions of ‘race’;
  • decolonising knowledges, social movements, and pedagogies of resistance;
  • youth identity and educational practices of everyday bordering;
  • postcolonial politics of education and international development;
  • representations of racialised, gendered, and classed childhoods in education;
  • and migration, displacement and the production of the ‘preferred’ citizen-subject.

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Space, Identities and Global Inequalities

We investigate the spatial, social and temporal dynamics and outcomes of education at the level of the individual identities, family, groups, notions of community and wider society in the context of human movement, conflict, exile and displacement, and new forms of social immobility.

Particular attention is paid to challenges to the:

  • promise of social mobility, social integration, intergenerational justice,
  • politics and knowledges of interculturalism/multiculturalism,
  • ongoing consequences of these processes and relations for different social groups, their identities and claims.

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States, Markets and Societies

We investigate the changing interplay between political economy, transformations of the state, the market and education in the context of:

  • global and local projects and processes (including conflict states);
  • the spatial extension of the state and other actors into regional and global scales;
  • the rise of markets and human rights politics;
  • new digital infrastructures and their implications for the social contract.

Stimulating connections amongst theory, research and practice

We’re also affiliated with the Cambridge Peace and Education Research Group (CPERG) which provides a hub for research students and faculty at the University of Cambridge to exchange ideas and collaborate on projects that explore the relationships between conflict, peace, and education, both in the UK and internationally. Through its activities, CPERG aims to stimulate connections amongst theory, research and practice.